Jeff Jernigan knows that he would not be alive today if not for a PSA test during his annual physical exam.
His prostate cancer was diagnosed a Gleason 9 in February 2005 when he was only 53 years old. He had no family history of the disease, but since his diagnosis two of his brothers have also been diagnosed and treated. Initially he underwent IMRT and high-dose radiation, and is now on Lupron. Jeff was also diagnosed with tonsil cancer, a disease that he fought and beat.
As a survivor of two cancer, Jeff is an inspiration.
My advice? Don’t let cancer rule your life. I was told other men with my current metastatic prostate cancer live six months – I have lived 12 years with it.
Years ago Jeff and his wife Cheryl visited Washington, D.C. for ZERO’s Annual Advocacy Summit, speaking to their elected officials on Capitol Hill about the need for additional prostate cancer research funding. Now, Jeff tells his story to encourage men – especially younger men – to talk to their doctors about prostate cancer and their risk.
The PSA test saved his life, and he knows it will save the lives of other men too.